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Give your patient a fast hug (at least) once a day.

OBJECTIVE: To introduce the Fast Hug mnemonic (Feeding, Analgesia, Sedation, Thromboembolic prophylaxis, Head-of-bed elevation, stress Ulcer prevention, and Glucose control) as a means of identifying and checking some of the key aspects in the general care of all critically ill patients. DESIGN: Not applicable. SETTING: Any intensive care unit at any time. PATIENTS: All intensive care unit patients. INTERVENTIONS: Dependent on the results of applying the Fast Hug. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Not applicable. CONCLUSIONS: Application of this simple strategy encourages teamwork and may help improve the quality of care received by our intensive care unit patients.[1]


  1. Give your patient a fast hug (at least) once a day. Vincent, J.L. Crit. Care Med. (2005) [Pubmed]
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